Dutch Government Announces Further Delay in E-Cigarette Flavor Ban

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Dutch Government Announces Further Delay in E-Cigarette Flavor Ban

According to Dutch media rtlnieuws, the Dutch government has decided to further delay the implementation of the e-cigarette flavor ban. The ban will now come into effect on January 1, 2024, three months later than originally planned. The government had previously announced the flavor ban in 2021, with plans to implement it on July 1, 2022.

According to Dutch media outlet rtlnieuws, the Dutch government has decided to once again postpone the implementation of the e-cigarette flavor ban, which will now come into effect on January 1, 2024. Previously, the government had planned to prohibit all e-cigarette flavors except tobacco starting from October 1, 2023, but the new timetable sets the ban three months later than originally intended.


Ongoing Postponement of the ‘Flavor Ban’


The “flavor ban” in the Netherlands was announced as early as 2021, with the government originally planning to implement it officially on July 1, 2022. However, by June 2022, government spokespersons stated that there had been some complications in implementing the flavor ban, necessitating additional checks to ensure the safety of the flavoring ingredients being used.


As a result, the implementation has been postponed until January 1, 2023, allowing a window period of 10 months (effective from October 1) for the tobacco industry to absorb existing flavored tobacco products.


The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), in accordance with the demands of the Ministry of Health, has compiled a preliminary list of sixteen ingredients for the only permitted tobacco-flavored e-cigarette.


However, the current discovery by RIVM is that listing sixteen ingredients for tobacco flavors is disproportionately harmful to the interests of the tobacco industry.


The government spokesperson has clarified that the flavor ban has had a larger impact on tobacco manufacturers than previously anticipated. As a result, Minister Maarten van Ooijen has decided to grant tobacco manufacturers more time, which has raised concerns among public health officials.


A spokesperson from RIVM clarified:


“Our initial calculations concluded that about a quarter of tobacco flavors can still exist, but upon recalculating, it was found that only 2% to 23% of flavors can continue to exist for manufacturers to use.”


Public health officials are concerned that the ongoing delay in implementing the “flavor ban” could lead to a further rise in the popularity of e-cigarettes and result in a series of adverse effects.


Marten responded by expressing his preference for immediate implementation of a “flavor ban.


“Clearly, these flavors are designed to lure children and young people into using e-cigarettes.”


However, he emphasized that this is a postponement of the plan rather than a cancellation of the plan.


According to a supplementary analysis by RIVM, the ban on flavors has a potentially greater impact on manufacturers than we have previously believed. From the principles of good governance, I have a responsibility to address this.


According to reports, the Dutch government aims to achieve a smoke-free society by 2040. In the meantime, the government is making every effort to reduce smoking behavior; during this term, the price of cigarettes will rise to 10 euros.


Reference: [1] Flavors ban on e-cigarettes postponed again: tobacco manufacturers granted more time.


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